• Brandon Glover

Highway bridge in Italy collapses

On Wednesday, July 15, 2018, The Morandi Bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy.

Reuters has reported that 39 died as slabs from a 260-foot section of concrete, cars, and trucks crashed down from a 150-foot drop. More than 20 people have been reported injured, and more than 280 rescue workers and dogs are still searching for survivors but are coming up with few results.

One of the few survivors currently found was the famous ex-football (soccer) player Davide Capello. “I heard an amazing noise," Capello said. "I saw the road collapsing and I went down with it.”

The collapse has endangered over 440 homes and has led to the entire area becoming unsafe. It was the main bridge from Italy to France, and it collapsed when a lot of French tourists would be traveling to the country for the Italian holiday Ferragosto. According to the New York Times, “The highway was the main link between the eastern and western suburbs, as well as a major route from the port to Italy’s interior, raising fears about a lasting blow to the regional economy.”

The 50-year-old bridge has been deteriorating for a while because of poor use, monitoring, and weathering. The bridge had been made of reinforced concrete instead of steel, which is already a major problem. The bridge also carried way more traffic than it was intended to.

The construction workers and those responsible for monitoring the bridge had attempted to reinforce the bridge back in the 1990's with steel, but they never finished reinforcing the entire bridge. According to USA Today, “structures dating from when the Morandi Bridge was built had surpassed their lifespan, and called for a plan to repair or replace.”